June 02, 2011 New York
The eccentric Zelda Fitzgerald was Sophie Théallet's muse for Resort. Fitzgerald was an expatriate, not unlike the French-born designer working in New York. "She had this strength, this spirit, a certain nonchalance," explained Théallet. "And of course I wanted to mix American and French styles here." There was a boyish appeal to loose, cropped trousers worn with a short-sleeved button-up; ditto goes for sporty cardigan sweaters that appeared to be coming apart at the neckline (a cool effect that the designer said brought to mind her hand-me-down childhood wardrobe). She balanced out the high, buttoned slit on a chiffon shirtdress with a strict collar, but went for all-out glamour with a long evening gown in "framboise"-colored silk with cutout shoulders and a kimono-wrap bodice. Like Théallet, this standout look came with a French accent.
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